Sharks Shredding Competition
December 6, 2008 by Big Tony
Coming into Saturday night the San Jose Sharks had won nine in a row and although the Edmonton Oilers broke that streak the Sharks are still on a tear to start the season. They have a league best 46 points, are tops in goals scored with 100, have allowed 61 goals which puts them tied for fourth in the league and are in the top 10 in both special teams departments (PP=5th; PK=6th). Not only do the Sharks currently have a 10 game point streak but they have yet to lose in regulation at home; that’s at least one point in 16 home games to start the season—30 out of a possible 32—and have more wins (22) than anyone else in the league. The Sharks are solid on specials teams and at even strength which is supported greatly by outstanding goaltending from both Evgeni Nabokov and Brian Boucher whose combined goals against average is an incredible 2.19 and an equally impressive combined saved percentage of .915. Well coached and well prepared for every game are the Sharks who can win high-scoring goal-frenzied games as well as close grinder contests. There is question whether they can remain so consistently good throughout the season and into the playoffs and although they will probably drop off a bit they will certainly be a top Stanley Cup contender nevertheless. If nothing else, win or lose, they are an immensely exciting team to watch and are a treat for hockey fans to watch the world over.